MANTA POINT DIVING INFORMATION

Access: boat dive

Type: reef dive

Depth: 5 to 20 meters

Visibility: 10 to 25 meters

Current: light, mostly swell

Temperature: 20 º - 27 º

Experience needed: Open Water

CRYSTAL BAY DIVING INFORMATION

Access: boat dive

Type: reef dive

Depth: 10 to 40 meters

Visibility: 15 to 30 meters

Current: none to strong

Temperature: 18 º - 28 º

Experience needed: Open Water/ Advanced                    

 

SAKANAN DIVING INFORMATION

 

Access: boat dive

Type: reef dive, drift dive

Depth: 5 to 25 meters

Visibility: 10 to 30 meters

Current: light to strong

Temperature: 20 º - 27 º

Experience needed: Open Water/ Advanced

 

TOYAPAKEH DIVING INFORMATION

 

Access: boat dive

Type: reef dive, drift dive

Depth: 6 to 30 meters

Visibility: 10 to 30 meters

Current: light to strong

Temperature: 20 º - 26 º

Experience needed: Open Water/ Advanced

 

SD DIVING INFORMATION

 

Access: boat dive

Type: reef dive, drift dive

Depth: 6 to 30 meters

Visibility: 10 to 30 meters

Current: light to strong

Temperature: 20 º - 26 º

Experience needed: Open Water/ Advanced

 

MANTA POINT AND MANTA BAY

These sites are located on the south coast of Nusa Penida. Manta rays come to these spots from the open water to get a “fish spa treatment” in one of these two cleaning station, in fact here little fish clean the manta rays skin from different types of parasites. Manta Point and Manta Bay are both easy and shallow dive sites but many times they can be affected by some current and more often medium to strong swell. Beside manta rays here is possible to see white tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, bamboo sharks, lots of blue spotted sting rays, banded sea snake, turtles and the usual cloud of resident reef fish.

A responsible interaction with this majestic animals is a must in order to not scare them and keep them coming, so carefully listen to your dive guide on how to approach mantas in a proper way. Some days there can be up to 20 manta rays, other day just a few of them and some other unlucky day none… unfortunately we cannot guarantee an encounter since we are diving in a big ocean and not an aquarium. However the chances of meeting mantas here are quite high.

CRYSTAL BAY

Crystal Bay takes its name by the crystal clear water of this place located in the western coast of Nusa Penida. Here the water can often be pretty cold with big thermoclines, this makes it one of the best place to see the oceanic sunfish (mola-mola), the best time of the year to see the mola-mola is between June and October. Entering Crystal Bay there is a little island and around this island is usually where all the diving action takes place. The west side of this island is most of the time exposed to strong current and swell so most of the times we avoid diving in this area. The bay itself its fairly protected from currents and consist of an 8 meters deep white sandy bottom that slopes down to the deep water forming a sandy channel that follows the line of the steep sloping coral reef of the little island. Crystal Bay’s marine life is impressive, the reef is covered in healthy colorful corals and typically divers here can see: angelfish, sweetlips, frogfish, banded sea snakes and Moorish idols. You can also expect to see occasional wobbegong sharks, manta rays and if super lucky dolphins.

SAKANAN

                          

Sakanan is a fun and easy drift dive along the reef that runs near Nusa Lembongan, the presence of a mangrove forest gives to this stretch of reef a beautiful and diverse ecosystem. You will be flying on the top of a healty coral reef almost completely covered in soft and hard corals. Many species of tropical fish live in this area and is not rare to find big barracudas and sting rays.

 

TOYAPAKEH

                          

Toyapakeh is located on the north-west tip of Nusa Penida. This dive site offers scuba divers an incredible topography consisting of wonderful coral formations, bommies and pinnacles. The dive sites is made of 3 main areas: a coral garden at around 6 meters and plateau between 10 and 15 meters that slopes down to 40 meters. Toyapakeh’s reef is in perfect health conditions. In the coral garden and in the plateau is possible to see many different types of resident tropical reef fish (damsel, scorpion fish, moray eel, trumpet fish, batfish). While out in the blue from the sloping reef pelagic fish like trevally cruise by and at the times is also possible to see the oceanic sunfish.

 

North Coast of Nusa Penida (SD, Sental and Ped)

                            

A long coral reef runs along the north coast of Nusa Penida offering 3 main dive sites that are pretty similar to each other. Here divers will experience the emotion of a drift dive. The current flowing along this area can be either moderate, giving divers a nice and relaxed drift, or strong, making the dive an adrenaline filled experience. The reef of this area consists in a sloping reef starting from about 3 meters and steeply descending to 40 and more meters and, as any reef of Penida, presents a great variety of healthy soft and hard coral. Living on the reef there is a big abundance of tropical fish and invertabrates, is possible to see turtles and sea snakes as well. Looking away from the reef into the blue divers will see pelagic fish swimming against the current to feed and it’s not rare to see some big pelagic fish cruising by like sharks, tunas, manta ray or the oceanic sunfish.

MANTA POINT DIVING
CRYSTAL BAY DIVING